ERIE, Pa. – The #23 Lake Erie College wrestling team was defeated by the Gannon University Golden Knights on Friday (Feb. 9) night at Gannon.
Isaiah Wheeler (Copley, Ohio / Copley / Stark State) won his 197-pound match on Friday night with a second-period comeback against Ethan Budd. Wheeler opened the match with a takedown before Budd scored five straight points. Wheeler escaped a takedown as he trailed 5-3 after the first period. Wheeler escaped Budd's opening position in the second period and followed with a takedown of his own. After two periods, Wheeler led 6-5. He added a takedown late in the third period for an 8-6 advantage. He went on to win the match by an 8-7 decision.
Brandon Houle (Sparta, Mich. / Rockford / Hope) battled seventh-ranked Nick Budd in the 285 pound weight class. Houle remained close with Budd but could not muster a big enough comeback as he fell in a 6-2 decision.
The Storm will travel to #19 Wheeling Jesuit for a dual on Tuesday (Feb. 13) night at 7:00 PM.